Special Circumstances and Special Needs

Students with disabilities and chronic diseases

The common goal at KIT is to work for an inclusive university life. Students with disabilities and/or chronic diseases can get compensation for possible disadvantages (“Nachteilsausgleich”). They may be granted preferential access to limited courses, can modify the sequence of courses according to their needs, or modify the form or conditions of exams.

Students should contact the study advisor in order to prepare a request in writing to the exam committee including supporting documents. The exam committee decides on the modified details of the courses and exams in accordance with the student and the examiners.

Examples of possible compensations for disadvantages:

  • Modified form of exams, for instance oral exams instead of written exams, and vice versa
  • Taking exams in a separate room
  • Permission for utilities and assistance, e.g. a sign language interpreter
  • Additional breaks during time-limited exams
  • Extension of the period between exams


Further information:

KIT Representative for Students with Disabilities
and Chronic Diseases BBC
 for consulting, coaching and supervising

Maternity Leave, Parental Leave and Family Commitments

According to the legal regulations, maternity leave  interrupts any time period set by the examination regulations. Parental leave and family commitments, for example time needed for caring for family members, can be handled with modified time periods for exams.

In all these cases, a request in writing including supporting documents is to be submitted to the exams committee via the study advisor.

In the case of parental leave, the exam committee has to be informed in writing at least four weeks in advance about the duration of the parental leave. If the conditions are met that would allow parental leave for employees, the time periods for exams will be modified for the student.

The time period for the master’s thesis cannot be interrupted due to parental leave or family commitments. In these cases, the registration of the master’s thesis is cancelled and a new topic will be assigned to the student.


Further Information


Student Representatives - AStA [in German]
KIT Study Advisory Service [in German]